hayes' defense attorney. in an effort to avoid the death penalty. he admits his client committed the crime, but also points the finger at lice, saying officers could have done more to save the family. while cheshire police did respond to the pet home, they never went inside. on t stand, the police captain testified they followed protocol, telling the jury, if we had any indication of violencei would have been the first one through the door. >> a crime this vicious, and this personal, at the hands of strangers, makes many jurors think to themselves, my goodness. could this have happened to me? >> reporter: prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty, in a crime that was as brutal as william petit appeared strong. for "today," jeff rossen, nbc news, new york. >> and now for a check of the weather with bill karins. bill, good morning. >> good morning to you, amy. and now here's a look at the weather outside your window.